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Fresno victory stolen away from Modesto walk-off

Grizzlies swipe season-best eight bases as seven-game winning streak ends
June 10, 2021

Modesto, CA (Wednesday, June 9) – The Modesto Nuts (20-12) stunned the Fresno Grizzlies (21-11) 5-4 Wednesday night from John Thurman Field. The walk-off ended the Grizzlies season-high seven-game winning streak and dropped them to 5-1 on Wednesday’s. Despite the loss, Fresno stole a season-best eight bags, giving them 15

Modesto, CA (Wednesday, June 9) – The Modesto Nuts (20-12) stunned the Fresno Grizzlies (21-11) 5-4 Wednesday night from John Thurman Field. The walk-off ended the Grizzlies season-high seven-game winning streak and dropped them to 5-1 on Wednesday’s. Despite the loss, Fresno stole a season-best eight bags, giving them 15 total in the series.

The Grizzlies offense recorded nine hits with Grant Lavigne leading the charge. The first baseman etched a pair of rips, with one leaving the yard. The solo shot was Lavigne’s first of the year. Five different Fresno starters notched a stolen base with Eddy Diaz, Ezequiel Tovar and Daniel Montano picking up two apiece.

The Nuts lineup scored two runs prior to the ninth. Noelvi Marte hammered a homer in the bottom of the first and Cesar Izturis Jr. laced a double in the seventh. The final three runs came across on a groundout, a Victor Labrada double and Trent Tingelstad walk-off bloop single.

Modesto's comeback dealt Grizzlies closer Juan Mejia (0-2) the defeat. Travis Kuhn (1-0, win) enjoyed the decision after two perfect frames of relief, fanning three. Fresno starter Mike Ruff did not factor in the line after twirling five and one-third innings of one-run ball. He struck out 11, a professional best. The 11 punchouts also tied the Grizzlies season-high by a pitcher. The two squads are back to action tomorrow evening.

Top Performers: Fresno Grizzlies (Colorado Rockies)

• 1B Grant Lavigne (2-4, HR, 2B, RBI, R, HBP)

• LF Daniel Montano (1-2, 2B, R, 2 BB, 2 SB)

• RHP Mike Ruff (5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 11 K)

Top Performers: Modesto Nuts (Seattle Mariners)

• SS Noelvi Marte (1-3, HR, RBI, R, 2 HBP)

• DH Cade Marlowe (2-4, 3B, R, CS)

• CF Victor Labrada (1-4, 2B, RBI, BB, SB)

On Deck:

Thursday, June 10 @ Modesto Nuts, Fresno RHP Mitchell Kilkenny (2-2, 1.73) vs. Modesto RHP Robert Winslow (0-2, 5.23), 7:05 pm PT

ON THAT FRES-NOTE:

15 of the last 20 games for the Grizzlies have been one or two-run affairs (8-7). Overall, 22 of the first 32 games for Fresno have been decided by two runs or less. The Grizzlies are 13-9 in those contests with a 5-5 mark on the road.